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thanks so much for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield. breaking news out of oklahoma, where a car careened into a crowd of people watching the oklahoma state university homecoming parade in stillwater. the university spokeswoman said the accident happened at the corner of hall and fame street and main history. no word on how many people were injured yet. paul simms witnessed the crash and joins me now on the phone. so, paul, describe what you saw. >> sure, my daughter and i were watching the end of the parade and out of nowhere, to the right of us, coming southbound, was a grayish vehicle and we were on the opposite side of the street from where this happened, and all of a sudden, we saw -- i can't describe it anymore clearly than this. people flying in the air.
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and vehicles stopped shortly after colliding with the bystanders and came to rest not long after they had hit the first set of people. we walked towards the scene, not away from it, initially. and we saw one young woman in her late teens, early 20s, on the ground, severely bleeding from her head, with a deep laceration on one of her legs. and some people stood over her and placed a cloth or a towel or t-shirt or something over her head and then with all those personnel around, day began to try to clear people out. i got my daughter on the phone with her mother, who was away from the scene and said, you know, let's just get home. so we went home from there. but, clearly, we've never seen anything like that before and hope never to again.
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we're just not really sure what happened. but clearly something went wrong and all of these people were injured. and i remember seeing debris flying, too, as well. it was very surreal. my daughter said she thought it looked fake, 10-year-old daughter thought it looked fake, at first, but i had to assure her, unfortunately, it was not fake. >> so paul, we are looking at a still image, i think provided by you, this still image showing a lot of people who are rushing to, i guess, that point of impact. now, did this car come from a side street? we had a map earlier which showed the hall of fame avenue and main street, but the parade was on a very specific parade route. did this car come from one of the side streets that was intersecting with the street of the parade. >> it appeared to come from the opposite direction of the parade. it came -- the parade route, of
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course, was turning, i believe they were turning from the south to the west, in some cases. this came from the north, as though it had been, as though it had somehow cleared anyone that was in its path. it came in the opposite direction of the flow of the parade. >> i see, okay. paul simms, thank you so much for joining us and placing us there and helping us to understand what was a tragic, startling, very frightening event, an accident happening there in oklahoma during that osu parade. thanks so much. of course, when we get more information, we'll be able to bring that to our viewers. meantime, galveston, county, texas, issuing voluntary evacuations. this as 23 million americans are now underthreat of a major
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flooding threat from remnants of hurricane patricia. this is video of navarro county, texas, near dallas. this area has been hit with more than 20 inches of rain so far. floodwaters washed out train tracks and derailed this 64-car freight train. the two train operators were able to swim to higher ground shortly after the derailment. cnn's ed lavendera is on the phone with us now, close to that freight train derailment. ed, what more can you tell us about what is happening there now? >> well, the latest news is that interstate 45, that major thoroughfare that connects the cities of dallas and houston is once again closed in the corsicana, texas, area. we've been reporting from this area throughout the morning, that interstate was shut down, because it had been covered by water, high water, for most of the night, and once again, the rains picked up and washed
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out -- not washed out, but water has overflowed the road there. and because of that, emergency crews have shut down the interstate once again. so, obviously, that will cause headaches for a lot of commuters, as well. but the rain continuing to fall once again. and this is an area that has been just beaten up over the last day and a half, nearly 20 inches of rain, fredricka, has fallen on this area in the last day and a half, alone. and this is very close to where that same derailment happened. the floodwaters essentially knocking over this 64-car train, that was full of cement. just to give you an idea of how heavy this thing must have been. but the floodwaters were rushing strong enough to be able to knock those train tracks off of the rails. so that situation continues to be something that is causing a lot of problems here in the navarro county area. fredricka? >> ed, it's remarkable to think
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that the largest or the nearest body of water would be a creek and then you would have a flash flood and this amount of water would result. all right, ed lavendera, thank you so much. keep us posted as you learn more information. all right, storm chaser, reed timmer, has been driving around texas as the storm hit, and he's joining me right now villa skype from houston. so give me an idea of what you've been seeing. >> i was in corsicana all day yesterday and last night, covering the flooding there, and saw floodwaters several feet deep. i actually did see a train go over a train track, over floodwaters that were several feet deep and it was moving fine. i'm not sure if that was a train that was derailed. it very easily could be. we also saw vehicles that were off to the side, carried a couple hundred yards by the floodwaters. . and we talked to an eyewitness and he was following this pickup truck and it got swept off to the side by the creek and carried 200 yards and the swift water rescue teams of the boats came out and rescued him.
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this was very good news, near 245, in corsicana. and now we're here in houston watching super cells coming off the gulf of mexico and there is a marginal tornado threat down here along the gulf coast. >> so you're driving right now, are you seeing a lot of people on the road? you're on i-45 right now? >> i'm stationary right now due to safety concerns, but i will be driving here in a sec. and there are lots of people on the roads down here in houston. once that rain that moves through in the west, that same rain that's created all the flood, it could cause big problems here in houston. a lot of concrete and not a lot of place for all that water to go. and many of the rivers flow towards this area, and those are still rising, from all the rain upstream. so it could be setting up for a flooding catastrophe here in the houston area. >> all right. reed timmer, thank you so much. and be safe. >> will do. thanks for having me. straight ahead, republican presidential candidate, donald trump, takes the stage in
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live pictures right now, donald trump still speaking there. that's a crowd of supporters in jacksonville, florida. and he has had a lot to say, especially about other republican candidates.
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our alina muchado is there at the rally with the very latest. alina? >> reporter: yeah, fredricka, donald trump has been speaking now for about 30 minutes, and he's actually talked about a lot of the same themes we've heard at other rallies, including hitting topics about immigration, namely, building that wall down at the border. and when he talked about that, he got a lot of cheers. but he's also talked about these polls. and he's focused on the polls that favor him, particularly how he's ahead here in florida. he did mention those two polls that have him trailing ben carson in iowa, and he seemed to downplay those results, saying that he doesn't believe those polls and actually criticized them and drew some questions about their credibility. that having been said, he did throw some jabs at ben carson. here is part of what he had to say. >> bush is failing. he's a very nice person. highly low on energy. he really is.
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he's low, he's low. he's low on energy. but he's a nice person. by the way, carson is super low. i don't understand the whole deal. i don't know what's going on. >> reporter: so, again, referring to ben carson's energy that sound whibite. he also was talking about bush, saying that ben carson has lower energy than bush. he's talked about several of the other republican presidential candidates, including marco rubio. but he did seem to hit bush the hardest. for him, specifically, when he talked about bush's state -- the state of bush's campaign. bush, on the other hand, did refer to trump during a campaign rally that he had just a little while ago in south carolina. here's what jeb bush had to say. >> if this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then i don't want anything -- i don't want any part of it. i don't want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives.
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that is not my motivation. i've got a lot of really cool things i could do other than sit around being miserable, listeninging to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. that is a joke. >> reporter: donald trump here, emphasizing that his campaign isn't going anywhere and that he is strong and his supporters here certainly seem to agree with that, fredricka. >> alima machado there in jacksonville, florida. and the trump campaign is also stirring controversy by barring some reporters from covering the events. friday, univision staffers were not given press credentials at a rally in miami. the campaign told cnn, quote, mr. trump is suing univision for $500 million and until that is resolved, it is a conflict of interest, end quote. of course, trump has had a dispute with univision for months after it dropped the miss usa pageant. and you'll probably remember when trump had univision's jorge
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ramos kicked out of an event, only to let him back in later. let's talk more about this. cnn's senior media correspondent, brian stelter, is following all of this from new york. so brian, will the trump campaign continue to block u univision reporters from events? whatever happened to freedom of the press? >> that's what i've been asking the campaign. they haven't had any comment on access for future events. what's a little strange about this is the lawsuit that trump filed against univision, $400 or $500 million. it all stemmed from miss usa, the miss usa pageant that univision decided not to broadcast, after trump offended many hispanics about his comments about mexican immigrants. now it's october, univision and lots of other television networks have been covering trump for months. this latest battle between the two sides does seem rather randomly timed. we should note, univision is right next door to doral.
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they haven't commented on whether they'll continue to have these restrictions in place in the future. we heard from jorge ramos last night on twitter saying, what about freedom of the press? you know, there have been people in the past when we've heard about these incidents where trump is rejecting press credentials, who have wondered what it would be like with a president trump in the white house, whether he would be rejecting press credentials for reporters at the white house. in the meantime, you have to wonder what he would do with abc news, you know? univigs and abc news are partners. they have a network called fusion together. fusion reporters were rejected yesterday, but the abc news reporters were allowed to attend. so there is a strange sort of behavior here from the campaign that does trouble a lot of journalists, and it is not the first time the trump campaign has done so. >> and have there been any inferences that he plans on or the campaign trump plans on banning any other journalists under varying circumstances? >> yeah, the only other case like this is "the des moines register" newspaper. it's the biggest paper in iowa.
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and for months now, their reporters haven't been allowed to receive press credentials to trump events in iowa. that doesn't really affect their coverage, because they're able to show up just like you or i as a member of the public -- >> and that was an op-ed? >> that was an op-ed, where they called on trump to withdraw from the race. >> and you sometimes wonder with trump, he's very effective at getting people's attention. you sometimes wonder if these are attention-seeking stunts. right now he may not be happy about those two polls in iowa that we just heard about. those are reliable pollsters. those are the kind of polls that we here at cnn do report on. he says he doesn't believe them, but we may want to focus on univision instead. >> just a theory. >> attention he continues to get, indeed. >> very effective. very, very effective. brian stelter, thanks so much. >> thanks. and we'll be right back. if you struggle you're certainly not alone. fortunately, many have found a different
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for some in iowa, the race for the democratic nomination for president actually kicks off tonight. hillary clinton, martin o'malley, and bernie sanders will speak at the iowa democratic party's jefferson jackson dinner. it's an annual fund-raising event named for presidents thomas jackson and andrew johnson, but every four years during the presidential race, it becomes the pivotal moment that can turn a race upside down or cement a front-runner's hold on
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the nomination, just as in years before -- >> they want to go back to the dark old days where the state can tell a spouse who doesn't have to go to the nursing home, we'll give you help, but only after you sell your house, your car, and clean out your bank account. i don't know about you, folks, that is not the america i want to live in, in the 21st century. i don't believe in that. >> when newt gingrich took over the congress and tried to reinforce reaganomics, some walked away. i decided to stay and fight. >> iowa, iowa, don't just send them a message next january. send them a president. >> that's why telling the
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american people what we think they want to hear instead of telling the american people what they need to hear just won't do. >> joining me now to talk about the event tonight, the chair of the iowa democratic party, andy maguire, another girl with a boy name, i like that. hi, andy. >> i like that too. >> so the event is sold out or nearly sold out? maybe a couple tickets left? >> it's sold out. i don't even think i can get you a ticket if you want to come. >> okay. well, tell us how people understand why it is always near sold out if not sold out whenever this comes around. >> well, i'll tell you, this is going to be a great year. there's so many people here. there are going to be thousands of democrats tonight. and they're going to listen to each of thaez candidates and figure out what they want to do for the future and the vision of our country. >> so, these three -- >> it's a wild time here. >> yeah, i know. i see it is. that's okay, though.
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so these three democratic candidates, obviously they are center stage, but they're not the only attraction. what else happens at this dinner? >> we also have our candidates for congressional offices. and we talk about firing up our democrats in iowa to come to the caucuses and win in november. that is the ultimate goal. this is a big fund-raiser to get all of our really grassroots democrats fired up for this year so we can win in november. >> we saw a montage of clips of all of these contenders and various races to the white house and that they would have to say at that moment. they're not just speaking to the iowa audience, they are talking to the nation. is it, in large part, the moment in which a candidate kind of crystallizes who they are and what they are about? >> there is absolutely an opportunity for that. i've seen that in multiple previous ones, and that's what's happened tonight. if they're going to get a chance
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to get their vision for the country and for iowa families tonight to iowans and to the whole country, it starts here and we want to hear how they're going to take our progressive views forward and take our country forward. it's very important we do that tonight and they've heard what iowans need and the nation needs. it's very important they get that vision across. >> so this dinner is also known for its surprises, because, you know, in 2007, hillary clinton was, you know, in the lead and then here comes this senator barack obama with this speech that really kind of changed everything. it set a new tone in the race and helped him to catapult to the presidency. so how much pressure in your view is there tonight on the candidates to stand out? >> well, you're never going to get in front of this many democrats who are going to the caucuses again until the caucuses. so it is kind of a pressure time. and you can really hit a mark
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tonight. that's what i'm hoping to see from all these candidates. that they articulate their message and tell us what they can do to take us forward. we'll see if one of them breaks out. >> katy perry, a big presence today in so many different forms, from a wake-up call to the clintons to we hear her burglarying in the background. andy maguire, thanks so much, you held own, thank you. >> appreciate it. >> it's windy and noisy. tough dynamics to deal with. let's talk about the republicans, senator marco rubio taking a shot at hillary clinton. many analysts said she had a great week on the campaign trail and at the benghazi committee hearing. rubio, well, he didn't see it that way. >> what can be done is what i'm trying to do now is ensure that she's not the next president of the united states. that's the ultimate -- [ applause ] you know, i don't get to watch a lot of tv these days, but i was
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reading some of the headlines before coming here on this panel and i was shocked. these what the headlines are. hillary, tremendous job at the benghazi hearing. hillary has a great week on the campaign. hillary had this phenomenal 11-hour testimony. i don't know what they were listening to or what they were watching. she was caught. it was -- think about what this means. i want people to understand this, you probably already do, but there's media here. i hope they'll report this. there were e-mails where she was telling people, there was an attack in benghazi by an al qaeda-like group, it was orchestrated and it was designed to kill americans on september 11th, as a terrorist operation. and then turning around and going in front of microphones and saying, this was horrible, it was because of this video that we had nothing to do with. and why is this meaningful? here's why it's meaningful. number one, because it's a lie. and number two is because it was right before the election. it tells you that they were willing to put domestic political considerations over telling the american people and the families of those victims the truth. >> all right. marco rubio, just one of jake tapper's guests tomorrow on
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powerful storm. what have you been able to see? >> you know, we've seen that this wicked storm weakened, fredricka. now, i'm traveling with my team from guadalajara all the way to the pacific coast and we're stopping along the way, because along this highway, there are small villages and these villages are surrounded by mountains and one of the big fears from federal authorities is, of course, mud slides, landslides, that can be very, very dangerous. we've been very lucky, because so far, all along this road, and we've been driving since daybreak, everyone we've talked to said that their community the fine. yes, there's, you know, a couple of branches down here and there, but other than that, they're fine. so they're elated, the fact that this category 5 hurricane hit the coast and they are pretty
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much unscathed. now, i want you to look behind me, because this is the terrain that patricia had to deal with once it hit the coast of mexico. it's very mountainous. you can see that it's very, very rough right now. you can see there's a low cloud cover. the sun is shining, of course. this is almost like, you know, the break after the storm and so when meteorologists, when scientists tell us that once patricia hit this terrain, it slowed patricia down, and you can see the roughness of the mountains that you see behind me. and that probably helped the, fredricka, all the people that we've been talking to along this road, it probably helped them save, first of all, life, and then, of course, their property. >> wow. well, great relief. but i know it's still very early in the assessments. rosa flores, thank you so much. all right, straight ahead,
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news, we want to bring you now, this taking place out of oklahoma, coming up, actually, first, we want to tell you -- all right. so -- all right, so we'll get to that in a moment. right now, the body of master sergeant joshua wheeler returns to the u.s. today, the 39-year-old from oklahoma is the first american to die in combat on iraqi soil since 2011. he was killed while a special operations team rescued about 70 hostages from an isis-controlled prison. defense secretary ash carter is praising his heroism and will be with wheeler's family this afternoon when the body returns to the u.s. carter also spoke yesterday about the value of this raid. >> the stuff you get and the great value, by the way, of raids of this kind, and i expect that we'll do more of this kind of thing, but one of the reasons for that is that you learn a
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great deal. >> cnn global affairs analyst kimberly dozier joining me from washington and former army and intelligence officer, retired lieutenant colonel tony schaefer also in washington. good to see both of you. >> thank you. >> all right, so, kimberly, you first. t can you elaborate any further on what has been learned since ash carter detailed some of the events yesterday? >> well, i think what we're seeing is one of the first actual actions on the ground that demonstrate how the white house and the pentagon have moved from training those syrian rebels to working with forces in the region that have proven capability. defense officials have said they wanted to put the resources with people like the kurdish peshmerga who they've had a long-standing relationship with. but also, they've got experienced fighters. one defense official i spoke to said, look, we had trouble trying to teach some of these syrian recruits things like, how to call in an air strike, because they didn't have the
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level of education. the kurdish fighters generally are battle hardened and have a higher level of literacy and also higher level of trust between them and the american forces. that makes this kind of operation, where you've got u.s. special operations forces partnered with them possible. and i think that's why we're going to see it in greater numbers, coming up. >> and lieutenant colonel schaefer, we heard, this is not considered combat, that these troops were in iraq, largely to train and support. this mission involved peshmerga, and you know, iraqi forces and the idea was to support that mission, but because the u.s. was fired upon, returned fire is going to happen. it did happen. and then you have engagement. so, the defense secretary said more of these events might happen. he didn't necessarily call it a mission, but he said, this could happen more. why do you suppose he is, essentially, promising that? >> well, first off, it's
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nonsense, what he says. informs combat. my condolences to the family of master sergeant wheeler. look, if people are shooting at you and you're returning fire, that -- i'm a soldier. that's considered combat. with that said, this was not simply about rescuing 70 hostages. i knew this and others have heard this before. the intelligence value of these raids is humongous. it's unimaginable. so as he said, it was not simply about rescuing these 70 folks, it's about the fact that we get a huge, essentially, a cornucopia of intelligence that we can then exploit and do more. >> and that, you're saying, is what precipitates, because they get so many documents, computers, et cetera, it my tell them more about other places? >> what the now chairman of the joints chief is re-looking the entire policy. there was a number of these options already on the shelf before general dunford showed up. i think general dunford is now aggressively relooki ining what can do and should do.
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i think there are several things which are essentially pushing both the white house and the pentagon towards changing the policy to be more aggressive and frankly, to be more in the line of fire and you're going to see, unfortunately, more people like master sergeant wheeler put in harm's way. >> so, kimberly, if there are roughly 3,500 u.s. troops there now, and if the defense secretary is saying, you're going to see more of this likely, is that a prelude to, there will be more u.s. troops deployed there? or, it simply means, the u.s. troops are already there or are going to be busier? >> i think busier. u.s. special operations forces had already been pushing for more participation on the ground. a lot of those that i spoke to wanted to be forward, just like their iranian counterparts are forward with some iraqi forces, because that is the way you get to see what's really happening, and also, develop loyalties. it also creates more confidence in the forces, the local forces, that you're joining, because
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they know that if they get hurt, the cavalry, the air force or helicopters aren't going to come in, probably, and evacuate them. but if you've got u.s. forces with you, they bring all of those resources to bear. now, to differ slightly with what tony is saying, yes, when someone dies in battle, it's combat, but in the pentagon's point of view, there are different levels in terms of when u.s. forces are in charge, on the ground, with a large communications center and all the resources to bring to bear and calling the shots, we're not there yet. >> all right. kimberly dozier, colonel tony schaefer, thanks so much to both of you, appreciate it. >> thank you. now more on this breaking news. tragic news out of oklahoma, where a car careened into a crowd of people watching the oklahoma state university homecoming parade in stillwater. cnn affiliate kjrh is reporting that three people are dead. 27 have been airlifted to nearby
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hospitals and 8 people are in critical condition. an eyewitness says he was watching the parade with his daughter when a speeding car simply plowed into the crowd. of course, if we get anymore information about why that car did that and everything that happened thereafter, we'll of course bring that to you. all right, now, a mother in florida is furious. her son was hit and killed in a car accident. and the driver posted a picture of her son's body online. that story, next. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. but i really love it. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost® to get the nutrition that i'm missing. boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle. all with a great taste. i don't plan on slowing down any time soon. stay strong. stay active with boost®.
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a mother in jacksonville, florida is demanding answers. wondering why no charges are being filed against a driver of a car who hit and killed her son and tweeted about the accident after it happened. the driver, 19-year-old keenan slaughter struck and killed,
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allegedly, 16-year-old williams as he was crossing the street. and then, went to twitter and wrote this. i just killed a man. along with a picture of williams' body in the street. >> how dare you do that? how dare you stand over my son's mangled, bloody body and take a picture of him. i just wished he was just sleeping, you know, you know, maybe he could just wake up. just wake up one more time. please. but he was gone. >> so slaughter was not charged in the accident. but on twitter, earlier in the night, he tweeted this, quote, i drunk so much lean, lean is a mixture of sprite and cough syrup. according to police, slaughter was actually tweeting song lyrics and he was not tested for drugs or alcohol because there were no signs he was impaired at the scene, and that he was
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cooperative with the investigators. let's talk more about the issues in this case. here with me is attorney tonya miller, and psychologist dr. eric fisher. good to see both of you. all right, well, so many of the circumstances surrounding this are just unbelievable and hard for anybody to understand. a, you know, the notion of someone admitting they may have killed somebody posting it on twitter and then a photograph. how does anyone understand that? >> right. i think what we have to look at is the boundaries in our culture are shifting and changing due to social media. and i kind of look at the new normal. and what we have to look at is when our culture starts to accept things, that might be a departure from what earlier cultures accept. and for this younger generation, lacking boundaries, judgment, and that's not everybody, but we see a larger and larger segment doing that, that this is a great concern for where we're going and our level of civility, dignity, and respect for self,
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and our level of respect for others. and that's a major concern. >> pierre: then, of course, when you hear the mother who says, wait a minute, how is it my son is no longer here, someone admits to it, even, you know, at least tweets or says they are under the influence even though the police now say it was lyrics of the song. he didn't he was impaired by anything. why wouldn't that lead to a penalty for the death of her child? >> and so, as a prosecutor, we face this all the time. and then the next trauma was who is going to be held responsible. and if no one is held responsible, it's almost like you're losing that child, again. the practical reality for the police in this case is that when you're talking about vehicular homicide, not every time there's an accident where someone dies, it's going to necessarily be a crime. >> i think that's remarkable for a lot of people to hear. >> i think it is. >> if you hear someone died at the hands of someone, whether it be a mistake or intentional, that it might lead to a charge
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in some way. >> you're saying no. >> no. because what the law criminalizes when you're talking about vehicular homicide is some kind of reckless conduct. typically reckless conduct is speeding plus weaving in and out of traffic. >> and they've ruled that out, is that what we're saying? >> it sounds like they have. they are at least not satisfied that an arrest is appropriate at this time. but they're still investigating. i do think it's very curious that he was not at least tested for drugs or alcohol on the scene. he was cooperative. there's no reason why if he's cooperating with the police they shouldn't have tested him. particularly -- >> at least because somebody -- >> he posted that. >> someone's on the ground. >> and we've got these postings that seem to indicate maybe even if you want to shut that question down so that later no one is asking it, it should have been done. >> we're going to leave it there. thank you so much. very troubling case. just so sad for all of the families involved. >> absolutely. >> all right. equally very troubling what's taking place in oklahoma. you heard that there was a
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terrible accident involving a vehicle that careened into a crowd of people, and it has resulted, according to our affiliate there, deaths and injuries. we'll have much more straight ahead. phil! oh no... (under his breath) hey man! hey peter. (unenthusiastic) oh... ha ha ha! joanne? is that you? it's me... you don't look a day over 70. am i right? jingle jingle. if you're peter pan, you stay young forever. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. ♪ you make me feel so young... it's what you do. ♪ you make me feel ♪ so spring has sprung.
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i'm fredericka whitfield. breaking news now out of oklahoma. a tragic, very sad event. a car careens into a crowd of people at the oklahoma state university homecoming parade. and according to our affiliates as well as officials who just ended a press conference, three people are dead and dozens are hurt. eight of them are in critical condition. an eyewitness says he was simply watching the parade with his daughter when this speeding car simply plowed into the crowd. let's get more now on this from sarah gannon with us now from new york. you had a chance to listen in on that press conference. what more do we know about the circumstances? how did this happen? >> yeah, that's right. fredericka, you know, stillwater police just announcing, unfortunately, three people died, eight people still in critical condition. seven more people in serious condition. and seven additional, what they call walking wounded. obviously a big crowd of people that was affected by this accident. they did confirm that they are
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investigating this as a dui car accident this afternoon. they named a suspect, the driver of the car, chambers, a 25-year-old woman who is now in jail in stillwater. they also said this, they have this crash reconstruction team on the scene to figure out what happened. you can see, fred, from the pictures, it's clear that this vehicle ran into a parade crowd. this is the oklahoma state university's homecoming parade. this was supposed to be a joyous event. the president of the university explaining moments ago at this press conference what today is supposed to be about and what it turned into. take a listen. >> the oklahoma state homecoming parade is probably one of the most wholesome, happy events in the country. and to have it fouled like this and these vehicles is terrible tragedy.


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